Caylor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Caylor is an ancient Norman name, that would have been used in Britain soon after the Conquest of the island in 1066. This name was given to a person who was a happy, joyous, and bold person. The name Caylor derives from the nickname the galliard, which means the bold or the joyous. 
We note Chaucer's reference to the name in The Cook's Tale: 'Gaillard he was, as goldfinch in the shawe.'
Some presume the family originated in Normandy, France as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae listed Roger Golier of Normandy in 1198. 
Early Origins of the Caylor family
The surname Caylor was first found in the London area where the first record of the name was in the Latin form: Gaylardus in 1206. Later, Robert Gaylard was listed in 1225, and later again, John Galard was listed in 1232. 
The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: John Gayllard, Cambridgeshire; William Gallard and John Galard in Oxfordshire. 
As a forename, we found Gaillarda Blome in the Close Roll, 5 Edward II and Gaylarde uxor Arnaldt de Puribus, Close Roll, 39 Henry III. The reader should note that ancient rolls always listed entries by the year of the king's reign. By example, 39, Henry III denotes during the thirty-ninth year of King Henry III's reign. 
Further to the north ion Scotland, "Reginaldus de Galard' witnessed a charter by Adam de Hastengis of the land of Kengildurs to the Abbey of Aberbrothoc, c. 1214-1226. John Galart or Gallard held the land of Keth Sywin or Swinis Keeth, Fife, in 1248, and Reginaldus de Gaillard is mentioned in connection with the land about the same date." 
Early History of the Caylor family
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Caylor Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Gaylord, Gaillard, Galliard, Gaylor, Gayleard and others.
Early Notables of the Caylor family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Gaillard and Hughes Gaillard, British Squires who bravely fought at the Combat of the Thirty on March 26th, 1351.
John Ernest Galliard (1687?-1749), was a...
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In the United States, the name Caylor is the 8,759th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
| Caylor migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Caylor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. Jeremiah Caylor, (Henry Keleher), (b. 1819), aged 25, English dyer who was convicted in London, England for life for burglary, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1871 
|Contemporary Notables of the name Caylor (post 1700) ||+|
- Drew Caylor (b. 1981), former American football player
- Oliver Perry Caylor (1849-1897), American baseball newspaper columnist
- Robert Caylor Polen, American Republican politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Marshall County, 1967-7 
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